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Coastweeks, or the International Coastal Cleanup is a nationwide effort coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy and for the past 30 years, they have inspired millions of people to assist with the cause for healthier seas. Each year, The Ocean Conservancy mobilizes communities to help organize and participate in beach cleanups whilst recording/documenting data such as what kinds of trash they pick up and how much. You can join the effort to reduce marine debris from our coasts to help keep our islands clean! Contact us today to see how you can help! 

Cleanup Schedule 

Although Coastweeks 2022 has concluded, there are many ways to remain involved!  


Coastweeks 2022 Data Highlights

Check out Coastweeks data from 2022! This is an excellent resource for educators!
Total Items Removed
Total Number of Items Removed
Total Number of Volunteers
Total Number of Volunteers
Total lbs of Trash Removed
Total Weight of Trash Removed during Cleanups
Every piece of trash counts! In 2022, the most collected item was metal bottle caps (6,534). Data such as this can help legislators make better, informed decisions about which type of trash can be  regulated through specific laws and programs.
Howard Forbes Jr.
University of the Virgin Islands

Resources for Educators 

Click on any of the items below to access these materials and begin using them in your classroom.

USVI Marine Debris Activity Book
Adapted from the NOAA Marine Debris Program
USVI Marine Debris Curriculum
Created with Input from USVI Educators
Marine Debris Pledge
Make a commitment to use less single-use plastics


Historic Data 
Pre-Irma/Maria Data 
Post-Irma/Maria Data


Contact Us!

Our team is happy to assist you!

Office Phone: St. Thomas (340) 693-1672 / St. Croix (340) 692-4046
E-mail: St. Thomas (
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Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service
Center for Marine and Environmental Studies
University of the Virgin Islands